In an exclusive post-mortem interview with BuzzFeed News, Arrow executive producers open up about Colton Haynes’ exit from The CW drama and what it means for the show moving forward.
After taking the fall for Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), going to jail, and faking his death, Arrow bid adieu to Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) in the April 15 episode. The character left Starling City for parts unknown at the end of the installment and BuzzFeed News can confirm that along with Roy, Haynes has exited the show as a series regular.
While the news might come as a shock to fans, Arrow executive producers Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggeinheim tell BuzzFeed News in an exclusive interview that this was always the plan.
“When we made Colton’s deal, he was coming off of Teen Wolf where he was beloved, and he had a lot of opportunities,” Berlanti said during a recent phone interview. “So we did a trial thing where we said, for his sake and ours, ‘We’ll just do a bunch of episodes and see if you like it and if you enjoy it.’ And he did. Then pilot season came up that year and before another pilot could snatch him up, we made a two-year deal, so we always knew we were on a clock.”
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